The KGB found the first evidence of the Belarusian tycoon’s guilt on March 11 – on the day of Chyzh’s arrest.
Businessman Chyzh, the owner of the Triple conglomerate, has been formally charged with felony tax evasion, an offense penalized under Part Two of the Criminal Code’s Article 243.
The businessman, who was arrested on March 11, remains in custody, Dzmitry Pabiarzhyn, spokesman for the Committee for State Security (KGB), told BelaPAN.
Speaking to reporters last week, KGB chief Valery Vakulchyk said that Mr. Chyzh had used a Moscow-based dummy company in his tax evasion scheme.
The company officially employed one person, who acted as Mr. Chyzh's aide and driver during his visits to the Russian capital, he said.
Evidence of the businessman's involvement in the tax evasion scheme was discovered by the KGB in the framework of its inquiry into the activities of Uladzimir Japryntsau, Mr. Chyzh's longtime business partner. The inquiry had been opened at the request of Mr. Chyzh and his two Russian business partners, said Mr. Vakulchyk.
According to the KGB chief, the dummy company was registered in 2012. Mr. Chyzh's Triple conglomerate made the Russian company the owner of its trademark and started transferring money to its account under the guise of payments for using the trademark. The money was regularly withdrawn from the account and handed to Mr. Chyzh, said the official.